The Patrice McAllister Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba
divers and fisherman.
This 94 foot steel hulled tug boat was built in 1919 at Johnson Iron
Works and was owned by McAllister Brothers Inc. She had at least
three previous names including M& T Tracy, Major Frazer and Degrey.
On October 4, 1976,the Patrice McAllister was in tow by the Judith
McAllister. They were en route from Camden, New Jersey, to Jersey
City, where the Patrice would undergo a much needed engine overhaul.
Unfortunately, they would never make it to port. The wind picked up
and the sea became too rough for the Patrice to handle. She slipped
beneath the waves. John Bedon, captain of the Judith McAllister, was
still attached to the wreck by his towing line. He stayed directly
over her until the Coast Guard was able to buoy the location.
Today, the Patrice Mcallister is sitting upright and intact in 55
feet of water. She makes an excellent intact wreck for divers to
explore and enjoy.
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